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Diesel fuel spill at Air Force surveillance facility on Hawaiian mountaintop

The Air Force reported today that about 700 gallons of diesel fuel spilled out on January 29, 2023 at Air Force’s surveillance telescope facility on top of Haleakala on the island of Maui.

The spill occurred at the Maui Space Surveillance Complex, which tracks satellites and space debris using several telescopes atop Haleakala, a dormant volcano. “Due to a mechanical issue, a diesel fuel pump for an on-site backup generator failed to shut off” Sunday night, the Air Force said in a news release.

At about 8 a.m. Monday, maintenance personnel discovered the failure and shut off the transfer pump, the Air Force said.

Since 2021 the military has had two other accidents at different Hawaiian facilities. Considering the hostile political atmosphere there for any facility not run by “native Hawaiians”, this new fuel spill could not have come at a worse time. Expect pressure to mount to remove this facility.

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Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
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  • ” . . . about 700 galleons of diesel fuel . . .”

    Holy Crow! The Internet says that a Spanish galleon could transport about 500 toneladas (Spanish ton), which are very nearly equal to a regular Imperial short ton. That’s 350,000 tons, or enough fuel to keep Al (Climate Change) Gores estate going for a year.

    Typos can be fun *and* educational!

  • sippin_bourbon

    Spell check not doing you any favors.

    A priest, an evangelical minister and a rabbit walk into a bar.

    The bartender looks at each in turn and says “What’ll you have?
    The priest speaks first and says “Whisky, neat, if you please”
    He turns to the minister, who says” A pint of bitter ale, would be nice”.
    Last he faces the rabbit, who jumps up and says “Beats me, I am just hear because of auto-correct”.

  • pzatchok

    700 gallons is quite a bit.

    All the dirt that it touched now has to be trucked away and burned as hazardous waste. They are required to this much.

    More than likely the government will take this opportunity to replace any aging equipment. Even if the site will only be used for a few more years. They always work with the idea that they will be staying for many years.

    I also trained in aircraft refueling in the Air force. Even if this was a mechanical failure you should never rely on an automatic shut off system. Always watch it with your own eyes.

  • Jeff Wright

    Meanwhile, lava flashes seawater to acid.

  • M Puckett

    “All the dirt that it touched now has to be trucked away and burned as hazardous waste. They are required to this much.”

    Naah. Gasoline is considered hazardous but diesel isn’t. It changes the handling but the clean-up is basically the same.

    Excavation to the furthest extent of contamination. Take soil to landfill and spread. Replace material with clean.

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